Davenport was gallant, but defeat just as sure

Updated: July 3, 2005, 9:25 AM ET
By Barry Lorge | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Lindsay Davenport was deeply disappointed, but not bitterly disappointed. There is a major difference. And in reminding us of that distinction, showing amazing grace in the aftermath of what could have been a devastating defeat, Davenport also gave us a valuable lesson in what sport at its best is all about.

Venus Williams won a Wimbledon ladies' singles final that was at once enthralling and emotionally gut-wrenching, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7. Her joyous celebration was a spectacle ...

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